Preschoolers may not understand the concept of sin yet, but they are quickly learning right from wrong. It’s very important to teach them about God’s love for them, but I don’t think it’s too early to introduce how sin makes God unhappy and how all of us sin. Romans 3:23 says this: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Here is a fun preschool Bible school activity you can play to teach your little ones this verse and it’s important truths. I call it “All Have Sinned Balloon Bop.”
Here’s what you do:
For this activity, you will need to give one black balloon to each child. Make sure you have some extras in case some balloons pop. Next, mark off spaces for each child about the size of a large hula-hoop. You could do this with tape or chalk. Have each child stand in his own space holding his own balloon. You are now ready to play the game.
Here’s how to play:
After introducing Romans 3:23, instruct the children to “bop” the balloon up in the air, trying to keep them up without moving from their spaces. When a balloon falls outside of a child’s space or reach have the child sit down and have the whole class say the Bible verse: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Play this way until all children are eventually sitting down. End each round of play by saying, “See. All of us end up doing what’s wrong, but still God loves us all day long!”
Before playing this Preschool Bible School Activity, you might want to introduce the lesson in the following way:
Give me a “thumbs up” if loving your mom or dad is a good thing that makes God happy. (Wait for responses.) Give me a “thumbs down” if being mean makes God unhappy. (Wait for responses.) Give me a “thumbs down” if not sharing your toy with a friend makes God unhappy. (Wait for responses.) Give me a “thumbs up” if picking up your toys when your are told to makes God happy. (Wait for responses.) God is happy when we do the right thing. Doing the wrong thing is called sin. Sin is anything I think or say or do that makes God unhappy. The Bible says that everybody does wrong things. Romans 3:23 says this: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This dark balloon reminds me of when I do wrong things and break God’s rules. We are going to play a game to help us learn that all of us do wrong things sometimes. The rules of this game say that I must stand in the center of this circle and keep bopping the balloon in the air without it falling on the ground. If it falls to the ground, then I have broken the rules and I am out of the game! Those are the rules! (Show children how to do this. Once the balloon falls down say, “Oh dear! I couldn’t keep doing the right thing! I broke the rules! The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Sinning is breaking God’s rules and doing the wrong thing.”) Now let’s play!
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible lessons for your kids: All-in-one Bible Fun: Fruit of the Spirit, Elementary: 13 Lessons for Busy Teachers
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